Yisrael Katz
Yisrael KatzHillel Meir/ TPS

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz (Likud), Transportation Ministry Director-General Karen Turner, Israel Railways Chairman Dan Harel, and Israel Railways Director-General Shachar Ayalon will participate on Monday afternoon in the opening of the new Jerusalem-Tel Aviv train line.

The group will arrive at the new train station near Jerusalem's Central Bus Station, to inaugurate the beginning of the line's test runs.

Currently, the train from Jerusalem's Malcha station to Beit Shemesh. From there, passengers can switch trains and travel to Tel Aviv.

The new train line was scheduled to open on March 30, but was deemed unsafe for use.

It is expected to open next year, It will run on a double track 56 kilometers (34.79 miles) long, the express station will pass through Sha'ar Hagai, Modi'in, and Ben Gurion Airport on its way to Tel Aviv. It is expected to make four million trips in its first year, and cost a total of 7 billion NIS ($2,032,940,000).